Darts is one of the most popular sports out there. The profile of the sport and the general coverage for Darts has massively increased over the years. Not only do terrestrial viewers get to see some top level World Championship action on the television over the winter, but paying viewers also have the option to see the legends of Darts on a more regular basis, mainly in the Darts Premier League.
The injection of support from promoter Barry Hearn really has helped propel the game into the spotlight more. The Premier League has helped attract new fans as it tours the UK every season and it helps keeps the punters interested in darts betting throughout the year. The other major events that get huge attraction and raised support at the bookmakers are the World Matchplay, the Grand Slam of Darts, the UK Open and, of course, the World Championship.
Fortunately, the greatest ever darts player is still bracing our TV screens. Phil 'The Power' Taylor is perhaps the great legend of the game and of the greatest sportsmen that England has ever produced. His consistency with the darts makes him an immense competitor and a player everyone still wants to avoid when it comes to the major events. He still has huge pulling power but now in his mature years is facing a takeover challenge from Michael van Gerwen, who has become the one to beat.
Popular Darts Betting Markets
Of course when it comes to darts tournament betting you are primarily going to be focused on the outright winner market. You are usually going to be best advised in taking each way coverage on an outright bet as long as long as the odds really allow for the value of that. The best way to size up a darts tournament is by looking at the draw. That is where it all has to start because if your selection is facing a tough path to the semi-finals, while another contender of equal-standing should breeze through, then there is going to be more value in backing the latter.
There's nothing wrong with backing a couple of players in the outright market with a betting strategy to cover yourself with enough winnings to earn profit after stakes on both bets are factored in. You can also back an outright winner and then head to a betting exchange and lay them (oppose them winning) for a price which should give you profit whether your selections wins or loses in the tournament.
Match betting doesn't generally offer a lot of value, so you have to think outside of the box sometimes for your darts betting. This can be done in Sets Betting, which is usually set as a totals line which you go over/under on, or alternatively, you predict the exact score of sets in the match.
Live Betting adds a new dimension to darts betting because then you can get down to betting on the legs within a given set. There are things to look at, such as who is throwing with the darts in a particular leg or even set really, because then they will have the advantage. It's such a dynamic sport to bet on, so try and watch darts while you have live betting up at the same time, that way you can gauge just how well a player is performing and make more informed betting decisions on the fly.
Live darts betting also affords you the chance to make up for any losses if you have picked a pre-match winner and they aren't playing too well and look likely to end up losing. You can then oppose them in live betting to consolidate that loss.
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